This year’s 88th Academy Awards saw plenty of controversy for the lack of minority nominees — with stars like Jada Pinkett Smith protesting #OscarsSoWhite and calling for a boycott. Yet it seemed to open up the floodgates on other issues such as global warming, sexual assault and LGBT issues.

Swinging the Elephant in the Room

Chris Rock took this head on by joking “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”

Host comedian Chris Rock won some points arguing for more opportunities for minorities after an opening monologue that not only talked about the elephant in the room but swung her round and round.

But then he took racial equality a few steps back with a skit where three Asian kids played "PricewaterhouseCoopers ..most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives..Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz.”

Mix of Good News and Sad News

Sylvester Stallone aka “Rocky” - very symbol of underdog was the big loser. Sadly, the favorite for winning the “thanks, pop, for making us lots of money” Oscar for Best Supporting Actor walked away empty handed.

But that’s still better thanThe Martian left stranded with zero wins for seven nominations.

Host comedian Chris Rock spoofed Matt Damon's role in a clip where NASA Administrator Theodore Sanders (Jeff Daniels) and NASA public affairs officer Annie Montrose (Kristen Wiig) debated spending $2500 "white dollars" to save a "black astronaut."

However, the fifth time turned out to be the charm for Leonardo DiCaprio winning Best Actor for his role in the revenge drama The Revenant. So, the environment won when he spoke for his favorite cause.

Indies won big - despite going up 20th Century Fox, independent distributors like Open Road and A24 won Oscars for Spotlight (Best Picture and Best Screenplay) and Best Actress with Brie Larson in Room, Documentary Feature with Amy, and Visual Effects with Ex Machina.

Probably the biggest underdog win was Mad Max: Fury Road for a sweep of technical awards. Not bad for an action movie from a film franchise that hasn't had a new movie for 30 years.

The most emotional moment had to be Lady Gaga's performance of "Til It Happens to You." As a survivor herself of sexual assault, she was joined by 50 other survivors.Brie Larson, who won an Oscar for her role as sexual assault survivor in Room,hugged each person as they left the stage.

So, what started as a strange night ended on an uncertain note of what the future holds for Hollywood.

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